Mark Bonner sets consistency target for Cambridge United ahead of clash with Fleetwood Town
Mark Bonner wants to see Cambridge United produce a run of consistency in Sky Bet League One, starting with the visit of Fleetwood Town on Saturday (September 25).
The U’s have made an encouraging start to life in the higher division after last season’s promotion, earning three wins and two draws from their first seven games, including a 2-1 victory over Portsmouth last weekend.
That was followed in midweek by a 1-0 success over Spurs under-21s in the Papa John’s Trophy with a much-changed side.
It is a busy week of fixtures ahead, with three league games in seven days, beginning with the visit of the Cod Army to the Abbey on Saturday.
“The last couple of games have been different from each other across those two competitions but we’ve come out of it with good results, and we go into a week now with three challenging league games,” said United head coach Bonner.
“We want to try to see if we can get some points from all of those and see if we can get some consecutive games where we’re scoring points.
“Trying to find that consistency becomes important for us now.”
The visit of Fleetwood is followed by a home game with Steve Evans’ Gillingham on Tuesday night (September 28) and a trip to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, October 2.
They are all clubs that Bonner believes United can use as standard bearers on settling into life in League One.
“I’m looking forward to the game, and the next three games,” he said.
“Fleetwood, Gillingham and Crewe are probably all good examples to us that have got to this level.
“All right, it’s Crewe’s second season but they have been here before and shown that they can really consolidate and build a club capable of competing at this level.
“They are good models for all of us, all very different in the way they’ve done it, and the way they play and gone through a few eras of different managers.
“But for us to go into it and say how competitive can we be against three clubs that are of a level we want to try to get to is going to be an interesting test for us, and it starts with the one on Saturday.”
With another international break looming, there is potential that another fixture could be postponed - the match against Doncaster Rovers that was scheduled for September has now been moved to October 26 - and dealing with those curveballs will be part of the learning curve.
“The interesting bit is how we cope with the international breaks in this season that we haven’t had before,” said Bonner.
“There is potential that if Morecambe have the call-ups then that game is off and we could have two weeks without a game again.
“It will consistently disrupt our rhythm a little bit, and that is something we will have to deal with and overcome.
“It just means that when we have these game heavy periods that we try to get as much from it as we can and get back into action as soon as we can.
“Certainly the last couple of weeks have given us a couple of really challenging games, and we’ve come out of it OK.
“We’re looking forward to these next seven days where we’ve got three games against teams that are fairly well established at this level.”